The Andrews Labor Government is delivering more police across Victoria – as well as more family violence officers than ever before – with another 705 officers due to hit the beat over the next year.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp welcomed the 2019-20 police allocation, which includes an additional 207 specialist family violence officers.
300 general duties officers will also be added to boost Victoria Police’s ranks, with a third of these officers deployed to regional areas such as Shepparton, Mildura, Bairnsdale, Sale, Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Morwell.
In the Goulburn Valley Division 15 new police officers have been deployed and are on the beat in the community. As part of the latest allocation an additional 15 will be deployed to stations across the Goulburn Valley region over the next year, including 9 family violence specialist officers.
Specialist police are also being boosted across the state with 93 new officers to strengthen transit and public safety, intelligence and covert support, state emergency and support commands, and legal services.
An extra 105 police will be allocated to the frontline to support parental leave, while 25 PSOs will be rolled out to support safety across the transport network and at key events.
Mr Gepp also welcomed the opening of the Centre of Learning for Family Violence at the Police Academy, an $11.5 million purpose-built training facility that will help ensure more police officers are better trained and more effective in responding to family violence.
The Andrews Labor Government’s $2 billion investment and roll out of new police is the single biggest uplift to Victoria Police in its history and has seen 1950 more police officers working across the state since 2014.
The 705 new police will be progressively deployed to communities from May 2019 to April 2020.
The resourcing boost is part of Labor’s record community safety investment giving police the resources, powers and laws they need to keep Victoria safe. This investment is already making a difference with the latest independent crime statistics showing Victoria’s crime rate has fallen for the seventh quarter in a row.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“15 new police funded by Labor and deployed to the Goulburn Valley Division are already making a difference.”
“The 15 new police officers announced today will further support local police efforts to drive down crime and keep our community safe.”